Wednesday, November 5

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Title: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Author: Helen Fielding

Pages: 338

Summary: Lurching from the cappuccino bars of Notting Hill to the blessed-out-shores of Thailand, Bridget Jones searches for the Truth in spite of pathetically unevolved men, insane dating theories, and Smug Married advice (‘“I’m just calling to say in the Potty! In the Potty! Well, do it in Daddy’s hand then!’”). She experiences a zeitgeist-esque Spiritual Epiphany somewhere between the pages of How to Find the Love You Want Without Seeking It (“can self-help books really help self?”), protective custody, and a lightly chilled Chardonnay.

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: : I have to say, I didn’t like the sequel much. I am borderline on how exactly I feel, but for the most part, I disliked the book. I just liked, the first book it was funny at times, having a little spark of magic, but the sequel either lost all that small spec of magic the first one had, that allowed me to enjoy it, or it was drowned out by the random fluff that filled the sequel. There can be such thing as having too many eccentric characters. I found that almost every character, save maybe Mark Darcy, are these extremely eccentric, slightly insane characters. It gets to the point, their wacky personalities; take away from what really matters in the story. Not to mention, I found there was a lot of random, out there ….. “crap” that filled the plot. There were parts of Magda’s children while she interacted with Bridget…. (the whole Potty fiasco, got very boring within seconds). There are a lot of other BIG events that occur in the book, that just don’t seem to mesh with the story as a whole, but I can’t really say too much without spoiling the book. To put it vaguely, the events happen to Bridget, just seemed to come so far out of left field, I’m led to believe it was more of a way to make a longer book, then to create a better story. Because it does nothing to improve the stories (both examples) it does nothing to help Bridget grow.

This brings me to Bridget. I found this in the first book, but it didn’t bug seem to bug me as much. But in this book, I found her to be a little too helpless and “must have man, to complete life, because she’s nothing without” idea was just bothersome combined with her total lack of self confidence. I just found that she played into two many stereotypes, for the story to be enjoyable in any way. Not to mention, nothing is really resolved at the end of the book. The reader is in the exact same place as they were on page one as they are n the last page.

Overall, not a good read.

Would I recommend it to read: I have to say I wouldn’t recommend it to read. It isn’t not as good as the first, and it has a lot of pointless fluff, that ruins the story as a whole

What to read next: Watermelon, Angels, Rachel’s Holiday, Anybody Out There, Sushi for Beginners, The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes or Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly

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